August 20, 2002

WORCESTER, Mass.— Peter B. Angood, MD, an internationally known expert in Critical Care Medicine and Trauma Surgery, has joined UMass Memorial Medical Center as its new chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care.  Recruited from Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Angood has also been appointed professor of surgery, anesthesiology and emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). 

According to Dana K. Andersen, MD, chief of surgery for UMass Memorial and chair of the Department of Surgery at UMMS, “We are delighted that Dr. Angood has joined us in assuming the leadership of one of our most important programs. His work over the last decade as an extraordinary teacher and expert in critical care and trauma, coupled with his special experience in biomedical telemonitoring of patients in remote environments, will enormously benefit not only our institution, but also the entire central Massachusetts community.”

A native of Edmonton Alberta, Canada, Angood received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba Medical School and then pursued his general surgery residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.  From 1985 to 1987, Angood continued with a fellowship in Trauma Surgery and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Fla. Following his fellowship experience, he returned to Montreal as a chief surgery resident and then as a junior faculty member at McGill University before returning to the United States in 1991.

Angood joined the surgery faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia, Penn. as an assistant professor and director for the Surgical Critical Care program. Angood has also served as an associate professor of surgery at Yale University Medical School and was the director of the Surgical Critical Care program at Yale.  His most recent post at Washington University in St Louis was professor of surgery and director of the Trauma Center at Washington University Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In 1999, Angood was featured as part of a Discovery Channel presentation on an expedition to Mount Everest. Serving as the medical director and advisor on the perilous journey, Angood learned much about biosensors, remote telemonitoring of climbers and the physiological extremes of man. He has also developed a strong commitment to the discipline of injury prevention. Angood most recently established the St. Louis Violence and Injury Prevention Coalition, a multi-faceted collaborative program for reducing violent crime in St. Louis, and was recognized for these efforts with an “Award for Distinguished Service” by the Office of the US Attorney for Eastern Missouri.

Angood currently serves on the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Trauma, New Surgery - Molecular Basis of Surgical Disease and recently was appointed editor for Critical Connections in Critical Care Medicine. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Angood has also held various positions within the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American Telemedicine Association, the American College of Medical Quality and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.  For the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Angood is currently its secretary and a member of the executive board; he will become the organization’s president in 2005. He has recently become involved as a policy advisor to Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organization and the General Accounting Office.

“Coming back to the Northeast and to work at an institution such as UMass is truly exciting for me,” said Angood. “The institution has a long legacy of providing excellent patient care and research in critical care and of supporting the regional community with one of the premier trauma centers in the country. I look forward to making these programs stronger yet and to build them with the many strengths that exist within the community and institution.”

UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $131million in research funding annually.  A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000